Depleted Potters Bar dumped out of cup

PUBLISHED: 13:33 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

Potters Bar slow-left arm bowler Paul McGee

Potters Bar slow-left arm bowler Paul McGee

National Cockspur Cup Round Two Potters Bar 169 all out Southgate 170-3 AN understrength Potters Bar side crashed out of the Cockspur Cup second round on Sunday after a seven-wicket home defeat to Southgate. Although Dave Breeze hit 57 off of just 51 bal

National Cockspur Cup Round Two

Potters Bar 169 all out Southgate 170-3

AN understrength Potters Bar side crashed out of the Cockspur Cup second round on Sunday after a seven-wicket home defeat to Southgate.

Although Dave Breeze hit 57 off of just 51 balls for the hosts, Bar were knocked out of the national competition in meek fashion.

This was due to numerous reasons, including a lack of player availability which saw just 10 take to the field against Middlesex Premier new boys Southgate.

Winning the toss and batting on another beautiful surface at The Walk, it wasn't long before Bar were looking a beaten side.

Both Tom Coughlan for a duck and Mike Palmer with six were back in the changing room and at 13-2 with half of the recognised batters out, it was looking bleak.

However, with nothing to lose Dave Breeze and Dave Rock started to fight back.

Breeze especially played some quite exquisite attacking shots as he top scored for Potters Bar.

He was in good touch and struck the opening bowler Fawad Mullahzadah for four consecutive boundaries as he breezed to a sublime 50 off just 46 balls.

However, as good as his knock was, it was never going to last.

Breeze went bowled around his legs, although he shuffled a little across his stumps, for a lovely 57 from just 51 balls.

His innings contained a six and 10 fours.

At 90-3 off 17 overs of a 45-over allocation, hopes were high of a decent score. Alas it was not to be.

Rock played some nice shots and he and Dan Brown took the score past the hundred mark.

Brown then went for one big blow too many and he was caught for 14 by Alvin Durgacharan off the bowling of Rob Johnson.

Hayden Rogers and Rock put on 47 for the sixth wicket as Bar got past the 150-mark.

Back came the opening bowlers and down went the wickets as Bar lost their last four batsmen for just 14 runs.

Rock made 43 from 91 balls and Rogers hit 20 from 35 balls as Bar were 169 all out from 36.4 overs.

Set 170 to win at under 3.8 runs per over, it was always going to be a cruise on a nice early summer's day for the visitors.

In fairness, Bar's opening spell wasn't too bad as Dan Brown got the wicket of Jack Hemingway.

He was brilliantly caught low down to his right by stand-in wicketkeeper Dave Breeze for 10 from 21 balls.

Tom Rowlands, just 14-years-old, would have benefited from bowling against some better players than his first outing for the team against Enfield.

The youngster bowled seven overs but was unable to grab a wicket.

Southgate skipper Durgacharan and Tuan Hedgie put on 113 for the second wicket in just 134 balls and Potters Bar were dead in the water.

Mike Palmer took a wicket with just his first ball to remove Hedgie for 54.

When Paul McGee took a spectacular one-handed almost Mexican wave effort at mid-on to remove Durgacharan for a chanceless 79 off 91 balls, Bar had at least gained some respectability.

However, the winning runs were gained some five minutes later.

Bar had been handed a seven-wicket drubbing in a competition they at the start of the season had high hopes of going a fair distance in.


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